Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Travel Blogs: Best of the Week (August 8-16, 2010)


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As always, I’ve added more RSS feeds to my Travel Blogs Bundle on Google Reader.  There are now 66 blogs included in it, and there are 12 subscribers.  Join the fun!

First, this week, I have a few announcements:

Remember the controversial mother taking her kids around the world volunteering for the year?  If you haven’t seen it, Teresa Keller herself has responded to many of your comments.  She said several times that she is paying for travel expenses entirely on her own and the charitable donations are being funneled into their projects.

Teresa has graciously agreed to an interview on Adventurous Kate.  I’ve promised her that it will be both fair and honest, giving her a chance to explain the finances and me a chance to ask more about the trip.  Do you have any questions for her?  Please let me know as soon as possible!

Additionally, Meet Plan Go is taking place all over North America on September 14!  The Boston edition is being organized by Lillie of Around the World L, and it promises to be an exciting event:

Ever wanted to quit your job and travel the world? Do people tend to give you the fisheye whenever you talk about this crazy scheme? Never fear, we have the event for you!

Meet, Plan, Go! is a chance to crank up your career break inspiration. Hear from a panel who will answer your questions and dispense sage advice: travelers who have taken career breaks, financial gurus who can help you save money for your trip, and travel planning experts to show you how it’s done. In addition, there will be lots of informal mingling with local travelers of every type — 20somethings, older-than-20somethings, couples, singles, backpackers, road warriors, travelers with kids, photographers, videographers — to share their experiences, tips, and tricks.

And if that weren’t enough; we have great sponsors giving away travel prizes! You’ll have the chance to win a free trip to Peru from Gap Adventures, or a free volunteer abroad trip with GeoVisions, along with a number of other great giveaways.

Now, here are my favorite blog posts from the past week:

Sailing from Panama to Colombia: I’ve always thought about sailing from Panama to Colombia, but never knew what it was actually like.  Ayngelina from Bacon is Magic gives a lovely day-by-day account, and I can’t imagine a more glorious way to travel between two countries!

The Last Time I Ever Got Robbed: Brendan at The World Is My Jungle Gym wrote about a crazy experience he had in Panama City.  I went from thinking, “Wow, that’s pretty dumb,” to “OH NO YOU DID NOT, YOU MAGNIFICENT BASTARD!” in about 30 seconds!

India: Day 2 (Part 2): Andi from My Beautiful Adventures got the most GORGEOUS henna on her hands and arms while in Mumbai!  You must see it — it’s truly incredible art, and it was done by a very talented fourteen-year-old girl.

How to Deal with Traveler’s Diarrhea: Disgusting?  Yes.  Useful?  Hell yes.  I’m printing this out and taking it with me on my next trip.  This is a guest post by Phil Paoletta on Go Backpacking.

Be Prepared with an Awesome First-Aid Kit: On that note, this is an excellent post by Jeanine from Art of Backpacking.  This must be the most comprehensive first-aid kit I’ve ever seen — and she has an extensive medical background, so if anyone in the travel blogosphere knows, it’s her.

Burning Man Costumes — In Pictures: I already knew Erica from Over Yonderlust was a great artist, but these goggles she made are absolutely ingenious!  (Note: this is probably the only post about Burning Man costumes that is absolutely, 100% safe for work!)

If I’m Going to Commit a Cultural Faux Pas, At Least It Was Over Wine: Charyn from the Global Citizen Project shares what she learned the hard way: NEVER bring a bottle of Chilean wine to a party on Independence Day in Peru!

And that’s the week!  Again, be sure to check out Meet Plan Go, and please let me know if you have questions for Teresa!

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6 Responses to “Travel Blogs: Best of the Week (August 8-16, 2010)”
  1. Thanks for the feature Kate!!!

  2. Andi says:

    Thanks for the shout-out!!! Such a nice surprise. 🙂

  3. Erica says:

    This post made my day. <3

  4. ayngelina says:

    Thanks so much Kate, it was really a wonderful way to travel, even with the last two days of gravol-dependence.

  5. Jackie says:

    Kate, thanks for all of the blogs! You are really on top of you travel blogs! I would like to invite you to guest post about on It would be great if you could post about your travels, providing anecdotes and photos from your time abroad. You might also want to provide tips for women travelers. I look forward to hearing more about your experiences abroad!

    Hope to hear from you soon,


  6. Michael says:

    Kate, this is one of the better travel blogs I’ve come across sense starting my own endeavor. So clean and I love your enthusiasm and your commitment really shows. Thanks for sharing your best of the week.

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